Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chad Bettis
MLB Betting: Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies
- Over/Under: 11
- First Pitch: 8:40 p.m. ET
- Probable Pitchers: Vincent Velasquez (9-11, 4.59 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (5-2, 5.18 ERA)
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 99-70-4, +21.6 units
Monday’s Result: Pirates-Cubs Under 8 (WIN)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
The Colorado Rockies still have a lot to play for — the NL West crown or a wild-card berth — as the final week of the season winds down. Can six-year veteran Chad Bettis be relied on to deliver a clutch spot start?
Despite a lackluster showing in 2018 that has seen Bettis muddled with his highest ERA (5.18) in years, I believe he can be decent enough. And with an over/under this high, that’s really all we need out of the former second-round draft pick.
First off, it’s important to note that Bettis isn’t expected to go deep in this affair, with manager Bud Black saying Bettis would be limited to 30-50 pitches.
That’s OK because Bettis has been far, far better as a reliever. Yes, he’s technically starting tonight, but his splits indicate that he’s been much superior in shorter work, with a 2.16 ERA in six relief appearances spread across 8.1 innings since Aug. 24.